Wednesday, August 12, 2009

luminary: Dictionary.com Word of the Day

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Word of the Day for Wednesday, August 12, 2009

luminary \LOO-muh-nair-ee\, noun:

1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
2. A person of eminence or brilliant achievement.

Example Quotes:

There's something comforting in those occasional lapses when a luminary lurches and trips over the humble stone his powerful torch somehow failed to reveal.
-- Brad Leithauser, "You Haven't Heard the Last of This", New York Times, August 30, 1998
. . .such jazz luminaries as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, and Earl Hines.
-- Daniel Mark Epstein, Nat King Cole

Example Sentences:

Before winning the famous prize, she wasn't a luminary outside the scientific community.
-- 3rd Generation Prius

Luminary derives from Latin luminare, "a window," from lumin-, lumen, "light."

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for luminary


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